Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records artist WALE has announced the release of his hugely anticipated fifth studio album, â€œSHINE,â€ which arrives everywhere May 5th. The Grammy-nominated rapperâ€™s new collection features collaborations with features from Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Major Lazer, G-Eazy, J Balvin and even Waleâ€™s daughter Zyla, to name a few.
â€œSHINEâ€ will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow April 7th at midnight, with all pre-orders joined by instant grat downloads from the album including the newly released track â€œFish N Grits (Feat. Travis Scott).â€ Other instant grat downloads include the previously released â€œRunning Back (Feat. Lil Wayne),â€ â€œFashion Week (Feat. G-Eazy),â€ and the RIAA gold-certified smash, â€œMy PYT.â€ Additional instant grat downloads will be rolled out in the weeks leading up to the albumâ€™s release. TRACK LIST BELOW:
1 Thank God
2 Running Back (Feat. Lil Wayne) **
3 Scarface Rozay Gotti
4 My Love (Feat. Major Lazer, Wizkid, Dua Lipa)
5 Fashion Week (Feat. G-Eazy) **
6 Colombia Heights (Te Llamo) (Feat. J Balvin)
7 CC White
9 Fish N Grits (Feat. Travis Scott) **
10 Fine Girl (Feat. Davido & Olamide)
11 Heaven On Earth (Feat. Chris Brown)
12 My PYT **
14 Smile (Feat. Phil AdÃ© & Zyla Moon)
** instant grat with album pre-order
Wale will celebrate the release of â€œSHINEâ€ with a major U.S. headline tour. â€œTHE SHINE TOURâ€ begins Friday, May 5th at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA and continues through the month, wrapping in Boston, MA at the House of Blues (see attached itinerary). For complete details and ticket information, please see www.walemusic.com/tour.
Wale kicked off 2017 with a performance of â€œRunning Backâ€ alongside Lil Wayne on ESPNâ€™s First Take. The song, a fast-paced companion video, directed by ACRS, is streaming here, with nearly 6.2 million views. â€œFashion Week (Feat. G-Eazy)â€ arrived soon thereafter to critical acclaim, with Complex praising the trackâ€™s â€œinfectious hook and danceable production.â€
Wale first unveiled â€œSHINEâ€ with the now RIAA gold-certifiedsmash single, â€œMy PYT.â€ The track earned more than 10 million Spotify streams following its every-hour-on-the-hour iHeart Media world premiere. Wale celebrated the single with a spectacular performance of â€œMy PYTâ€ on NBCâ€™s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, backed by the one and only Roots.
Summer 2016 saw Wale treat fans to the blazing 17-track mixtape, â€œSUMMER ON SUNSET,â€ featuring Camâ€™ron, Joe Moses, Ty Dolla $ign, Raheem DeVaughn, Jazz Cartier, Phil Ade, Eric Bellinger, and more, earning instant applause from outlets including Rolling Stone, Billboard, and FADER.
Wale is one of the most idiosyncratic talents in hip-hop today. In 2009, after releasing a series of acclaimed mixtapes, Wale released his debut album, â€œATTENTION DEFECIT.â€ He signed with Rick Rossâ€™ Maybach Music Group in 2011 and soon unveiled his breakthrough second album, â€œAMBITION.â€ Highlighted by such singles as the RIAA gold certified â€œLotus Flower Bomb (Feat. Miguel),â€ the album debuted at #1 on both Billboardâ€™s â€œTop R&B/Hip-Hop Albumsâ€ and â€œTop Rap Albumsâ€ charts while also entering at #2 on the overall Billboard â€œTop 200 Albumsâ€ chart.
His third studio album, â€œTHE GIFTED,â€ was released in June 2013 and proved a milestone, debuting at the #1 spot on the Billboard â€œTop 200 Albumsâ€ chart, making his first Top 200 #1. Whatâ€™s more, the albumâ€™s lead single, â€œBad (Feat. Tiara Thomas),â€ achieved RIAA platinum certification for sales in excess of 1 million after ascending to the upper reaches of Billboardâ€™s â€œHot 100.â€
Wale made an extraordinary chart entry with 2015â€™s â€œTHE ALBUM ABOUT NOTHING,â€ debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 as well as Billboardâ€™s â€œTop R&B/Hip-Hop Albumsâ€ and â€œTop Rap Albumsâ€ charts. The album â€“ which includes the hit singles, â€œThe Matrimony (Feat. Usher)â€ and â€œThe Body (Feat. Jeremih)â€ â€“ marked the most eclectic, entertaining, and extraordinary release in Waleâ€™s famed â€œABOUT NOTHINGâ€ mixtape trilogy, showcasing the inspiration of his favorite TV show, Seinfeld, with Jerry Seinfeld himself prominently featured on skits and segments.
In addition to the release of â€œTHE ALBUM ABOUT NOTHING,â€ Wale partook in several high-profiled events at The White House, including First Lady Michelle Obamaâ€™s â€œReach Higherâ€ initiative for higher education, as well as becoming the first rapper to open the State Of The Union, performing right before President Obamaâ€™s final State Of The Union Address. Wale also joined forces with sneaker boutique, Villa, to release a limited edition collection of sneakers including the Asics â€œBottle Rocket,â€ the Timberland â€œGift Box Setâ€ and the VILLA x Wale x ASIC Gel Lyte III “IC Champion.â€ He continues to develop and expand his EVERY BLUE MOON brand that includes musicians, comedians, screenwriters, as well as plans to launch a festival.